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Pirates acquire RHP Brady Dragmire, dfa Phil Coke

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The Pirates have acquired right hander Brady Dragmire from Toronto for Brian Jeroloman cash.  The Jays had designated Dragmire for assignment last week.  To clear space on the 40-man roster, the Pirates designated left hander Phil Coke for assignment.  Coke was about to become a free agent.

Baseball America rated Dragmire as the Jays' 16th best prospect after last season.  He relies mainly on a 92-94 mph sinker that can top out at 96-97.  He's had a very high groundball rate, but doesn't miss many bats.  Dragmire spent this season pitching in relief in AA, and didn't fare all that well.  He had a 4.38 ERA and 1.46 WHIP, while posting a K/9 of only 5.1.  He didn't pitch well last year, either, with a 5.26 ERA and 1.58 WHIP as a reliever in the pitching-dominated Florida State League.  He at least had a better K/9, at 8.1.  Dragmire was drafted out of high school in 2011 and has moved up slowly.  He'll be 24 in February and has two options left.